QUARTERLY, Volume 8 (Spring 1949), p.
"FROG LEVEL," OLDEST HOUSE
- THE OLD FRAZIER PLANTATION HOME, "Frog Level," was built
in true colonial style in 1852 and is a historical land mark in Columbia
County, Arkansas. The name "Frog Level" was first given to the
imposing structure by a young attorney, B. F. Askew; the name was chosen
because the frogs were so numerous in the bottoms near-by.
All the timbers which were used in the construction of the house were
cut on the plantation, and carried by a two-wheel ox-cart to a small mill
about five miles away. The planks were later returned to the farm where
they were hand-dressed by slaves.
Four large square columns support the two-story porch of the old mansion.
Across the front there are eight large windows which are emphasized by green
shutters. The window facings are set flush with the wide side boarding of
which the house is built. Many of the original glass panes are preserved
in the fan lights around the double doors, upstairs and down. This glass
has many imperfections, both in texture and in color. Supposedly, all glass
in the house was bought in New Orleans.
The fourteen-foot-wide hall has a well proportioned stairway with round
balustrade and scallop-trimmed runners. A few of the original hand-wrought
locks are still on the doors, but only one six-inch key has been preserved.
- In each of the three bedrooms and in the large living room, a three
foot dado was built. The fireplace mantels are pegged together, and there
are five of them in the house. Originally these mantels were stained a
dull color; they are very plainly built, with little or no carving.
- * Mrs. Woodward received her college education in Galloway Woman's
College and in Hendrix College.
- She and Mr. Woodward have four children and they have helped to rear
four more girls. She was voted a life membership in the Arkansas Historical
Association because of the many courtesies extended to the membership
at the annual meeting held at Magnolia.